Montrose Things to Do
Those neat old buildings I mentioned in a previous review? The Visitor Center is housed in one of these. It used to be the lodge for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks - thus the B.P.O.E. on the front - and was built in 1927. No, this is not really ‘old' by any stretch of the word so you folks from Europe, the Middle East and Asia just go...more
Downtown’s historic district has a number of interesting old buildings dating back to an earlier era, and a dozen or so interpretive signs scattered here and there to tell you about them. The Montrose Public Art Experience also provides temporary on-loan and permanent works to enhance public spaces: a map of locations can be obtained at the Visitor...more
On the land that was once the home of Ute Chief Ouray and his wife Chipeta, this marvelous museum is a look at the native American Ute Indian's culture. On the grounds is a museum with classrooms, media centers and exhibits...Chipeta's crypt...the Chief Ouray Memorial Park...and native plants from which the Ute people used in all aspects of...more
1705 E. Main
Good for: Business
1391 S Townsend Ave, Montrose, CO 81401
Good for: Solo
It doesn’t get much better than this. We bunked at the Red Arrow on both ends of our 2014 trip, and...more
The Robber had moved to great new digs when we came back on Trip #2! We were really lucky to stumble onto this place on Trip #1. It's advertised as "Featuring the flavors of the mesquite grill" and is catagorized as Southwest/American. As with all best places, it looked like the local favorite for a great meal. We were on a mission to repeat what...more
What's so special? Well, before we left for Colorado, anyone that had been to Montrose told us we had to try it. Once we got into Denver, and met friends for lunch, they told us we had to go there to eat. When we checked into our hotel, Sylvia at the front desk suggested it strongly and gave us a coupon for free dessert.And I'm passing the...more
If you are staying at the Days Inn in Montrose and want a great steak or some prime rib you don't have to go far. The Red Barn is right across the parking lot. The menu includes a wide variety of fare: Italian, steaks, seafood, and traditional items like meatloaf. Hours are 11 AM to 10:30 PM Monday through Saturday. Sunday Brunch is 9 AM to 3...more
Tiny but clean and functional, this is a good choice for travelers heading off up Telluride, Ouray or Silverton, or farther south to Durango or Mesa Verde. United, Delta, Allegiant and American provide service between Denver, Houston, Chicago, LA and Phoenix either year round or seasonally. Car rental is available through Avis, Budget, Hertz and National/Alamo, and ground service through several express shuttle and limo companies. Air traffic is pretty much limited to smaller prop and puddle jumpers so you’ll likely be boarding/deplaning directly on the tarmac - as we did.
The terminal offers free wifi, a small bar (beer only) and fast-food counter which appear to have some odd hours so don’t count on them being open. It was one deserted, echo-y place when we came through here in September but I’m told it's a real zoo during ski season so consider yourself warned. Bonus for any other time of the year? We were off the plane, bags collected and into a rental car in a few minutes flat.
Extra tip: Grand Junction Regional is another great little airport that's only an hour or so north and a little bigger than this one so check rates for both.Related to:
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Montrose Warnings and Dangers
A new song for Jimmy Buffett..."Changes in Altitudes, Changes in Attitudes"
The rally organizers warned us all about altitude changes affecting us physically. Being used to my home here at 104 feet above sea level...climbing and staying at 7,000 feet did affect me a little. Actually, bot Gordie and I were a little naseous a couple of days, but didn't let that stop us.
But there were people at the rally that were hospitalized for altitude sickness. The air is thinner and atmospheric pressure increases, and if you're not used to it, it can have serious adverse effects. It takes time to get used to.
It helps to drink a lot of water, but sometimes, all you can do is descend in altitude for a while.Related to:
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- Hiking and Walking
Montrose What to Pack
Luggage and bags: Backpacks are a good thing to bring when traveling to Co, and while in Co. They come in very handy.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hats... The sun can be brutal here in Co. Its hard to say what type of clothing, because here, if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes. It will change! :)
If you plan on doing any hiking, bring good comfortable shoes.
Photo Equipment: Bring lots of FILM! Because the views are awesome!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Lots of sunscreen and bug spray. Because the Rays of the sun are extreme... And its always good to be safe. Even if you don't burn!
At night, that is when the bugs come out. So be sure to bring bug spray with a good amount of deet... Especially for hiking.Related to:
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- Hiking and Walking
Favorite thing: We were passing through Montrose checking out the Black Canyon and as we were passing through town, we saw a little place on the edge of town called "Garlic Mike's." We took a chance and stopped by; it was around 7:45 in the evening. The place was jamming! The host was able to get us in almost immediately; he had us wait at the bar ( i recommend the Pomegranate Martini!) We were placed in a very unique booth in the "Wine Room" as the host called it. The meal was great as well as the service. Try the Escargot and the Con Pepe (Filet Mignon with a congnac and mustard-cream sauce) We ended our night with some really nice desserts. They had a ..... cant remember the name, but it was a warm madeira wine custard over vanilla gelato (AMAZING!!) We might have to come through Montrose again to try this place out again!!!
Fondest memory: The black canyon was great, and if there are more restaurants like Garlic Mike's, Montrose has some nice dinning options.Related to:
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